Fairfax 2020 Conference Program

North American Chapter on the History of Emotions Conference

June 5-6, 2020 | George Mason University

June 5

 WELCOME: 8:45am

SESSION 1: 9:00am-11:00am

Emotional Bodies: The Historical Performativity of Emotions
Dolores Martín Moruno (Université de Genève)
Beatriz Pichel (De Montfort University)

Rob Boddice (Freie Universitӓt Berlin)


Grief and its Emotional Links
Carolyn Masel (Australian Catholic University)— “Walt Whitman, Poet of Eros and Grief”
Natalie Whitaker (Saint Louis University)— “Feel Like A Woman: Women’s Grief and Anger in Old English and Old Norse Poetry”
Leah Zuo (Bowdoin College)— “Yes, You Are Supposed to Cry: Tears in Medieval Chinese Mourning Rituals”
Eric Reiter (Concordia University)— “Grief, Fatal Accidents, and Laws in Quebec: Putting a Value on Emotions, 1850-1900”
Kristine Johanson (Universiteit van Amsterdam)— “Time and Emotion on the Shakespearean Stage: the case of Melancholy and the Moment”


Medieval Themes
Charles-Louis Morand Métivier (The University of Vermont)— “For an emotional narrative of kingship: Charles IV, his Disease, and its Chroniclers”

Meghan Woolley (Duke University)— “Emotions and Law”

Andreea Maculescu (The University of Oklahoma)— “Women and Happiness in the Late-Middle Ages”

Julia O’Connell (Trinity College Dublin)— “‘The greef aboute myn herte so sore swol’: The Loss of the Emotional Community in Thomas Hoccleve’s ‘Compleinte’ and ‘Dialogue’”

BUSINESS MEETING: 11:00am-11:30am

SESSION 2: 12:30pm-2:30pm

Evidencing Emotion: Legal Proof in the Long Nineteenth-Century

Katie Barclay (The University of Adelaide)— “Emotional Objects in Court: Responding to Evidence”

Marian Lorrison (Macquarie University)— “‘Silent Faith’ or Hysterical Outburst: Gender and Social Class in the Colonial Courtroom”

Alecia Simmonds (University of Technology, Sydney)— “Possession Love: The legal lie of romantic objects in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century”


Ancient and Classical Themes

Nikolaos Lazaridis (California State University, Sacramento)— “Emotion in ancient Egyptian storytelling”
Gaëlle Chantrain (Yale University)— “Visualizing metaphors for emotions in Ancient Egypt”

Nathanael Shelley (Columbia University)— “My Swollen Liver (K-B-D): Literary Expressions of the Mind-Heart Organ in Babylonian, Hebrew, and Arabic Texts”

Caroline Richard (Sorbonne-Université, Paris)— “Ancient emotions: methodological approach”



Ilaria Scaglia (chair) (Aston University)

Dennis Klein (Kean University)— “The Invisible Third: The Ascendant Critique of Bystanders and Its Holocaust Subtext in the 1960s”

Vandana Joshi (University of South Delhi)— “Love in Times of War: love triangles in the web of the Gestapo, Stalags and criminal courts during WWII in Germany”

Michèle Plott (Suffolk University, Boston)— “Munich: Memorials, Emotion, and the Identity of a City, 2000-2017”

Hizky Shoham (Bar-Ilan University)— “The Emotional Scripting of Boycotts: The Nazi-Zionist Agreement in Jewish Public Culture During the 1930s”

SESSION 3: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Dangerous Emotions: Discourse on Disruptions, Disorders, and Death in late imperial China and Chosǒn Korea

Alison Bailey (The University of British Columbia)—“Choosing Death: Filial Revenge, Sympathetic Textual Communities, and Forms of Containment”

Jisoo Kim (George Washington University)— “Sexual Desire, Adultery, and Gendered Subjects in Early Modern Korea”

Shiau-Yun Chen (Cornell University)—“Diseases of Jealousy in Ming China (1368-1644)”


Early Modern Themes
Stephanie Dickey (chair) (Queen’s University)

Sarah Meacham (Virginia Commonwealth University)— “Cheerful Anglicans and Melancholy Baptists: Dueling Emotions Communities in Early Modern America”

Amir Minsky (New York University)— “The Chambermaid’s Tale: Transgressing Class and Affecting Boundaries in Volksaufklärung Household Manuals”

Kaitlin Pontzer (Cornell University)— “Liars, Whores, and Papists: Anti-Jacobite Rhetoric and Affective Loyalty after 1688”

Joy Deborah Wiltenburg (Rowan University)— “Ridicule, Emotion, and Status at the Court of France”


20th-Century Themes
Nadine Weidman (Harvard University)— “The swami, the social scientists, and the pursuit of creative love”

Ilaria Scaglia (Aston University)— “Microfilming Manuscripts and Emotions in Britain before and during the Second World War”

Susan Lanzoni (Harvard University)— “Emotional and Empathetic Techniques for Building Connections Across Cultural and Racial Barriers in Mid-century U.S.”

Yair Berlin (Bar-Ilan University)— “Falling in Love with Scripture: The Emotional Climate of Study in the Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Community”


Intellectual and Religious Approaches
Richard Sha (American University)— “The history of action and connections between emotion and action: Locke, Hume, and Damasio”

David Lambert (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)— “The Linear Model of Emotional Processes and Biblical Interpretation”

Michael Monheit (University of South Alabama)— “Calvin’s Analysis of the Religious Affections”

Cherly Harned (University of Massachusettes Amherst)—“Emotional Things: The Secret Lives of Collected Objects”


June 6

SESSION 4: 8:45am-10:45am

Emotions in the Built Environment
Greg Castillo (chair) (University of California, Berkeley)

Negar Goljan (Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design)— “Atmospheric Expression: The Architectural Drawings of Étienne-Louis Boullée”

Katherine Wheeler (Tennessee College of Architecture + Design)— “The Emotional Architecture of John Ruskin”

Vyta Baselice (George Washington University)— “Emotive Materials, or Why does Hating Concrete Feel so Good?”


Victorian and 19th-Century Themes

Estela Roselló Soberón (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)— “Walking the roads: space and emotion in the construction of a route. The journey of Honoré Fortier and Celestino de St. Maxent from Mexico to Louisiana (1801)”

Sharon Halevi (University of Haifa)— “‘The loveliest and most beautiful spots I ever beheld’: Beauty, Emotion, and American Girls on the ‘Small Tour,’ 1780-1835”

Tara MacDonald (University of Idaho)— “Morbidity as an Emotion Word in Victorian Literature and Culture”


Art, Artists, and Images

Or Vallah (University of Washington)— “Properzia de’ Rossi: The Virtue and Passion of a Female Artist in Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists”

Laura Serna (University of Southern California)—“Studio Portraits: The Circulation of Affection in Mexican Immigrant Los Angeles”

Johanna Lozoya (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)— “Large-scale Emotional Economies in the mid-1960s: Architecture, Control, and the Design of Latin American Hearts and Minds”


Slavery and Race

Madeline Lafuse (CUNY)— “‘They would be in despair were I to die’: Poisonous Feelings in New Orleans, 1803-1869”

Felicia Gabriele (McGill University)— “‘Awakening the Consciences, Informing the Minds, and Moving the Heart of the People’: The Affective Marketplace of the National Anti-Slavery Bazaar, 1839-1858”

Lachlan McCarron (The University of Adelaide)— “Phrenology, Emotion, and the Construction of Race and Gender in the Early American Republic, 1820-1850”

PANEL: 11:00am-12:00pm
Next Steps in Emotions History

William Reddy (Duke University)

Nicole Eustace (New York University)

Rob Boddice (Freie Universitӓt Berlin)

Katie Barclay (The University of Adelaide)

Susan Matt (Weber State University)

Peter Stearns (George Mason University)


SESSION 5: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Visualizing Emotions in the Past

Tara Prakash (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) (chair)— “(Blank) Faces of Fear and Rage: Reading the Emotions within Ancient Egyptian Art”

Seth Estrin (University of Chicago)— “Smiling Lips and Furrowed Brows: Looking for Emotion in Archaic Greek Art”

Brigit Ferguson (Hamilton College)— “Visualizing Male Anger in Thirteenth-Century Europe”


Emotions and Communities

Michele Greer (Université de Paris 8)— “A Historical Epistemological Approach to Studying Emotions: The Case of the Movement to Abolish Prostitution in Europe (1875 to today)”

Alison Clark Efford (Marquette University)— “Emotions and Community among Jewish Americans, 1880s-1920s”

Anna Pravdica (University of Edinburgh)— “Letters to The Spectator: An Emotional Community of Early Eighteenth-Century Readers”

Stanislav Tarasov (Georgetown University)— “The Emotional Culture of the Russian Nobility (c. 1800): From “Moral Sensibility” to the “Nobelness of the Heart”

Janet Lee (Oregon State University)— “Men, Machines, and Moral Survival: The Ethics of Soldiering in the First World War”



Carlos Zúñiga Nieto (Columbia University)— “Romantic Love in the Mexican Countryside: Courtships and Emotions in Yucatan, 1876-1910”

Matthew Romaniello (Weber State University)— “’I have got a Wife who loves me’: Familial Affection in Eighteenth-Century Europe”

Karen Cousins (University of Toronto)— “Love as represented in the miracle collection of Juan de Pereira, notary-priest in Chiquinquirá”

SESSION 6: 3:15pm-5:15pm

The History of Anger in China and Japan

Natalie Köhle (Hong Kong Baptist University)— “Inner Causes: Phlegm as Physical Manifestation of Anger in Late Imperial China”

Lan Li (Rice University)— “Angry Livers, Sober Spleens: Encounters with Organs and the Emotions”

Angelika Messner (Chinacentre, Kiel University)— “Chinese 17th century perspectives on verbal and gestural expressions of Anger”

Izumi Nakayama (HKIHSS, University of Hong Kong)— “Anger, Menstrual fluids, and Breastmilk in 19th to 20th century Japanese medical texts”


Love and Friendship, Adolescents and Adults
April Shelford (American University)— “‘I believed I loved botany, and it is the botanist I loved’: Intellectual Friendships in the Eighteenth-Century Carribean”

Michael Amico (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)— “Writing at the Seams: A New Methodology for the History of Emotions”

Aylon Cohen (University of Chicago)— “Feeling Fraternal: Sentimental Republicans and the Politics of Brotherly Touch”

Fruma Zachs (University of Haifa)— “Self-Narratives as Emotions—Arab Adolescents at the End of the 19th Century”


Emotion and Nationalism

Jean Tsui (College of Staten Island, CUNY)— “Affective Origins of Chinese Political Modernity”

Sara Hidalgo García de Orellán (University of the Basque Country)— “How to cope with fear: ETA´s terrorism and Basque left, 1995-2011”

Jeremy Young (Dixie State University)— “Emotions and the Changing Origins of Nationalism”

Catherine Gidney (St. Thomas University)— “From self-denial to empathy and empowerment: Emotions and Citizenship in Canadian Schools”


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